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Chemical Safety

Kate Sheppard

House Advances Chemical Safety Reform Bill, Teeing Up Senate Vote

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday evening that would reform the country's principal chemical safety law, moving Co...

Kate Sheppard

Senate Committee Advances Chemical Safety Reforms

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced legislation on Tuesday that would update the nation's 39-year-old law governi...

Study: Blacks, Latinos, Low-income Americans Live Closest to Dangerous Chemical Plants

David Halperin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
David Halperin

More than 134 million people live in danger zones created by about 3,400 U.S. facilities that manufacture chemicals, produce paper, treat water, generate electric power, refine petroleum, or otherwise use or store hazardous materials. Millions more people work in or visit these areas.

Kate Sheppard

Is Your Kid's School Located Near A Chemical Facility?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.16.2014 | Green

A new study released Wednesday finds there are almost 10,000 schools across the country located within a mile of a chemical facility. The rese...

Kate Sheppard

West Virginia Senator Wants Leaking Chemical Storage Site Torn Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Two weeks after a chemical spill cut off access to clean tap water for 300,000 West Virginians, one of the state's U.S. senators is calling for the st...

Kate Sheppard

Manchin Calls For More Chemical Tank Inspections After West Virginia Disaster

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation that would require inspections for chemical storage tan...

Kate Sheppard

West Virginia Spill Exposes Disturbing Lack Of Data About Hazardous Chemicals

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

The 300,000 residents of nine West Virginia counties affected by last Thursday's chemical spill are slowly starting to get notice that they can turn o...

President Obama's Chemical Safety Panel Must Heed Senator Obama's Warnings

David Halperin | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
David Halperin

I've heard Obama administration officials describe chemical plant safety as a national security issue. I find that encouraging. It is a national security issue that poses a real threat to our people, just as, say, Iran's nuclear program does.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Aim To Prevent The Next Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies on Friday released new proposals meant to address safety concerns at chemical plants across the country, a response to ...

Kate Sheppard

These Companies Want More Government Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- A group of consumer product companies have formed a coalition to push for chemical safety reform legislation. The coalition includes S...

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act Falls Short: Open Letter to Congress

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

I call on you to put public health before chemical industry profits and commit to passing the strongest Toxic Substances Control Act reform bill that will protect all of us from hazardous chemicals in our daily lives.

Kate Sheppard

Shutdown Delays Critical Safety Rules Requested After Deadly Texas Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 16-day government shutdown earlier this month has delayed the new chemical safety rules that President Barack Obama called for in ...

New Video Highlights Urgent Need for Obama to Make Chemical Plants Safer

David Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
David Halperin

Many companies, such as Clorox, have voluntarily switched to safer chemicals, demonstrating that it can be done. But hard-line chemical companies, led by the Koch brothers, have lobbied relentlessly in Washington to prevent reforms.

Shutdown Endangers All of Us

David Foster | Posted 12.14.2013 | Politics
David Foster

The oratorical nihilism of conservative House Republicans is now poised to bring our country to the brink of financial collapse. They've succeeded in shutting the government down, putting politics in front of the public good and even common sense.

Kate Sheppard

Will Congress Finally Reform Chemical Safety Policy After 37 Years?

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The EPA's decision late last week to withdraw two proposed changes to chemical safety and disclosure rules is another sign that the coun...